A '''ballpoint pen''', also known as a "biro",
"ball pen", or "dot pen" (in Indian English
) is a pen
that dispenses ink
over a Ball (bearing)|metal ball
at its point, i.e. over a "ball point". The metal commonly used is steel
, or tungsten carbide
It was conceived and developed as a cleaner and more reliable alternative to Quill pen|quill
and fountain pen
s, and it is now the world's most-used Writing implement|writing instrument
millions are manufactured and sold daily.
As a result, it has influenced art and graphic design
and spawned ballpoint pen artwork|an artwork genre
Pen manufacturers produce Brand|designer
ballpoint pens for the Luxury goods|high-end
and collectors' markets.
The Bic Cristal
is a popular disposable type of ballpoint pen whose design is recognised by its place...